Last night Tim and I were going out for dinner so Meghan needed something made just for her. I mentioned that I was going to make her a green grilled cheese, and Tim looked at me like I was crazy.
“The babysitter’s going to be here in 30 minutes,” he said. “Just make her a regular grilled cheese.”
He didn’t want me to make her the green grilled cheese because last time she wouldn’t even try it. Call it mother’s intuition; I knew if I involved Meghan in the process a little more, actually showed her the spinach that was going into it, she would at least give it at try.
She helped me put the ingredients in the food processor and start it up. (And maybe eat a little cheese during the process…)
I tried to make the experience fun for her. Whatever I did, it worked. She happily ate her entire green grilled cheese. Yes, this is after she wouldn’t even take one bite a few days ago. Here’s a video showing her eating the sandwich:
The moral of this story is don’t take rejected foods off the list right away. Toddlers are funny little people and you never know how their mood is going to dictate their food preferences. So if your toddler is giving you a hard time with eating healthy foods, don’t give up. Just keep on offering the foods you want him to eat. It might take a creative presentation or involving them in the process, but chances are he will eat the healthy foods if you are persistent enough.
Question: What foods have you offered your toddler or older kids that they initially rejected, but eventually liked?